Pipe-joining technology can help address welder shortage
Pipe-joining technology can help address welder shortage

The South African economy is hampered by a tragic irony. The country suffers from extremely high levels of unemployment, yet many industries cannot find the workers it needs. A shortage of skills means most workers simply cannot do the jobs the economy needs them to do.

By Barry van Jaarsveld 1 day ago

Cities are complex systems - let's start looking at them that way
Cities are complex systems - let's start looking at them that way

The way we design our cities needs a serious rethink. After thousands of years of progress in urban development, we plateaued some 60 years ago. Cities are not safer, healthier, more efficient, or more equitable. They are getting worse on these measures.

By Nicholas Stevens and Paul Salmon 1 day ago

Insuring infrastructure projects from concept to completion
Insuring infrastructure projects from concept to completion

Infrastructure projects are complex, often large and long-term undertaking, and the inherent risk can have far-reaching consequences for every stakeholder throughout their lifecycle. Yet they are generally perceived as the greatest growth opportunity in sub-Saharan Africa.

1 day ago

Work commences on Atlantic Hills Business Park
Work commences on Atlantic Hills Business Park

Work has begun on a new industrial precinct situated on the slopes of the Durbanville Hills estate on the N7 near Cape Town. The Atlantic Hills Business Park, the brainchild of Abland, will be ready for occupation in January 2018.

2 days ago

Leonardo Paez and Max Knox, sponsored by Kansai Plascon, finished fourth in the Cape Epic.
Repainting the local sponsorship picture with Kansai Plascon

Kansai Plascon, better known as Plascon to most, sponsored a duo for the Absa Cape Epic. Their corporate and digital communication specialist Zurita Moore explains why and how this ties into the brand's new positioning: ‘designed for life'.

By Leigh Andrews 2 days ago

Johannesburg and Accra, inching their way up the urban food chain
Johannesburg and Accra, inching their way up the urban food chain

Like it or not, we measure the success (or failure) of cities according to broad principles of urban culture inherited largely from the west. This includes quantitative data: infrastructure, transportation, access to health care, education, amenities and so on. Harder to measure, but no less important, are “other” factors like a sense of belonging, community, identity and history.

By Lesley Lokko 2 days ago

Numsa expects steel talks to be a test of state's resolve
Numsa expects steel talks to be a test of state's resolve

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) expects unusually difficult wage talks in SA's embattled steel and engineering sector in 2017.

By Karl Gernetzky 2 days ago

Inhouse Brand Architects designs GAIA CT office
Inhouse Brand Architects designs GAIA CT office

Infrastructure investment company GAIA commissioned interior design firm Inhouse Brand Architects to design its new Cape Town office space. GAIA's offices are located in an architectural building in Claremont in Cape Town's Southern suburbs.

3 days ago

Fly-by-night fabricators undermine stainless steel promise
Fly-by-night fabricators undermine stainless steel promise

Consumers tend to veer towards the cheapest option during tough economic times and some contractors may be tempted to cut corners, says John Tarboton, South African Stainless Steel Development Association (sassda) executive director. Unfortunately, contractor mistakes cost a fortune, mistakes kill profits and both parties usually blame the other, and often stainless steel itself, through angry exchanges that waste time - so what happens when stainless steel contractors fail to deliver on promises?

3 days ago

Mpumalanga tourism gets a lift
Mpumalanga tourism gets a lift

A 51-metre glass elevator will provide a whole new perspective on God's Window, one of South Africa's most well-known natural beauty spots.

21 Apr 2017

Kenya, Tanzania decorative paints, coatings market set for high growth
Kenya, Tanzania decorative paints, coatings market set for high growth

The combined Kenyan and Tanzanian decorative paints and coatings market is expected to achieve a CAGR of 6.7% up by 2020, according to Frost & Sullivan's Decorative Paints and Coatings Market for Kenya and Tanzania, Forecast to 2020. This will be driven by urban migration, supportive government policies, and a movement towards cleaner technology.

21 Apr 2017

Image source: World Resources Institute
Water scarcity and smart technology solutions

There is a sense of relief following the recent downpour in Cape Town and many hope it marks the beginning of the much needed wet winter the city is known for. Following heavy rains in the rest of the country, Cape Town is patiently awaiting its turn. The question is not only whether these anticipated rains will come, but whether it will be enough to relieve the current water crisis the city is facing? According to the World Resources Institute (WRI), South Africa is predicted to continue experiencing high levels of water stress.

By Laura Caetano 21 Apr 2017

Fighting injustice helps in creating resilient urban spaces
Fighting injustice helps in creating resilient urban spaces

Resilience is a word that's thrown around a lot these days. It means different things to different people, but generally alludes to the ability of people or systems to bounce back from shocks, and, increasingly find ways to emerge stronger than before. Shocks might be acute - like floods or cholera outbreaks - or chronic - like stress because of poverty or insecurity. The term, that emerged from ecological literature, is concerned with how systems work. It has grown to be used in many fields including engineering, psychology, development studies and geography

By Gina Ziervogel and Lorena Pasquini 21 Apr 2017